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Range Rover Published: 21st Nov 2017 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

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Why should i buy one?

A multi-tasking marvel, the Range Rover is more than just a classic – it’s a motoring legend, a trailblazer, a pace-setter that provided the ground of the posh off-roader we know today. The original is more a workhorse than the posh mud plugger it became and if you’re not precious over the vehicle you can use one for what they are intended for and few other prestige classics can hack it as a hack. Thanks to the model continuation that lasts to this day, there’s a model (classics or modern) to suit all needs, tastes and pockets and common to all is great club support and social scene.

 

What can i get?

The most wanted is – and will always be – the original (retro named as the ‘Classic’) and the two-door in particular even though the four-door is much better sorted, roomier, more usable and considerably cheaper. In contrast, the booby prize is the P38 for various reasons not least poor reliability and nondescript ‘Metrocab’ looks; a shame because this model (which used BMW turbodiesels) has qualities that go unnoticed. The L322 replacement brought back the Range Rover looks and a lot of sophistication making the model genuine alternative to a Merc, Jag or even a Rolls!

Prices are all over the place. Early originals can command well over £50,000 – or you can have a new one built at the factory for nearly three times as much!

At the other end of the scale, you can buy a runner for about £3000 but it will be surefire liability unlike a tidy P38 for the same money. For a fair example from the 1970-79 era, expect to pay £7000 minimum while a nice two-door will set you back double this. Whether P38s will rise in value like the original is debatable – if any it will be the Autobiography models. The L322 replacement can be had for this level of money but take care when buying one.

 

What are they like to drive?

Don’t get carried away here. The Range Rover may have been a sensation back in 1970 but that was a long time ago and there’s no getting away from their crudity, noise and heavy nature; only by the turn of decade when power steering and posher appointments turned them into the luxo mud plugger they are best known for and P38s drive much better, as does the L322.

The body roll was tamed over the years by front and rear anti-roll bars (available as aftermarket fitments and worth installing).

The four-doors and the air sprung LSE, are very comfortable and refined so give you the best of both worlds but common to all is 4x4 security and get-out-of-any situation off-road prowess.

 

What are they like to live with?

On the one hand they can tackle any terrain, but on the other, there’s plenty that can wrong them such as electrics, transmission, oil leaks and serious rust. The original self-levelling rear Boge strut is unavailable and are known leakers, many remove it entirely; ditto the air suspension fitted on the LSE. The diesels didn’t cover themselves in glory while the trusty Rover V8 will always be a thirsty beast although it’s the wisest pick.

Although hardly high tech, these aren’t easy vehicles to work on for repairs (try Rimmer Bros and Britpart). Bodges are rife and hard to vet so you may need expert help. Drive a few as they will vary and do join the Range Rover Register which at less than a pound a week is bargain as it can be of immense help.

 

We reckon

If you need a classic that must also earn its keep the few others do it with such dignity and distinction as the Range Rover. But decide what you want from the car first because while the ‘Classic’ lives up to its tag, later models are better suited for today’s road. And are still Range Rovers!



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